Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 9/20/14)
62% Semillon 38% Sauvignon Blanc
For those old-timers like me who were unaware, Geoff Tate is the lead singer of NW 80’s heavy metal band Queensryche. His wines are/were produced by Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla (aka. W2). The Three Rivers site no longer appears to list his wines, but this one got a great review by Wine Enthusiast and local wine writer/wine producer Paul Gregutt in July 2012. It’s holding up very well.
Clear pale straw; a somewhat earthy nose of roasted grain, flintstone, subtle lime zest and sage. In the mouth, it’s bone dry and tart; nicely balanced with extract and mouthfeel (due to extended skin contact?); flavors similar to the aromas with the additional taste of grapefruit and grapefruit pith. A pretty good facsimile of a decent white Bordeaux i.e. Graves.
This wine is very reminiscent, to me, of the first dry white WA wines I ever had…in particular a 100% Semillon that Associated Vintners (now Columbia Winery) used to produce. Actually, if I remember correctly, Napa Valley’s Clos Du Val also used to produce a delicious and very dry Semillon. Semillons usually age quite well and they can be the perfect accompaniment to steamed clams and mussels or oysters raw on the half shell. I believe the Silverdale store only got one case of this wine and last I checked there were but three bottles remaining.